Rock Mountain Trail is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features a lake. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and mountain biking.
Directions from Lake Wenatchee: Take State Route 207 south, then U.S. Highway 2 west to the Rock Mountain. Trailhead, approximately one mile east of Berne.
I chose the south TH starting off Hwy 2 due to reports that the road to the Snowy Creek TH on the north side was overgrown and will scratch up your car. At 11 miles round trip and 4200 ft elevation gain the south trail is the more difficult route of the two. Not a lot of shade as it switch backs up the side of mountain, so bring plenty of water. Beautiful views of Nason Ridge as you approach the top. Bugs were horrible at the top, but not too bad down lower.
This trail is very steep with tons of switchbacks going all the way up. It's a short hike, but a fairly strenuous one. There are a few nice areas to camp near Rock Lake once at the top. You can also fish out of Rock Lake, though I'm not sure the fishing is very good. The views at the top are quite incredible. Definitely bring your camera.
Saw only two or three other people on the trails most likely due to its somewhat demanding incline. There were a lot of meadows with fantastically colorful wildflowers. At the summit there were loads of flies and other insects and you may want to bring some repellent depending on when you go. There was also a fair amount of snow but nothing on the trails themselves. One of my favorite hikes to date due to all the color of the flowers and the changing scenery.
Be careful when you decide to hike this trail, during colder months you will certainly need snow shoes.